Alice Austen House


03/14/152:00pm– 5:00pm

Exhibition Opening & Open House

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Members' Hour

3:00–5:00 p.m. Public Opening


The Alice Austen House’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark, brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Join us to celebrate the history and legacy of Clear Comfort with tours of the public and private spaces of the home and cake for Alice's birthday. More information.  

03/22/1511:30am– 1:30pm

Fundamentals of Photography Workshop

Learn digital photography and leave with some great photos! This workshop will cover shutter speed, aperture, ISO and the basic technical aspects of taking better photos. Individualized instruction will be given during an in-class shooting assignment following the presentation.  Instructor: Robert Catalano, Gateway Photographers of Staten Island. RSVP at 718-816-4506x 10 or $10/ $8 members
03/27/157:00pm– 9:00pm

Screening: Feminist Stories with Jennifer Lee

Alice Austen House's Women's History Month Event
Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation is a one-hour film about the women's liberation movement covering the years 1963-1970. Join filmmaker Jennifer Lee and the Alice Austen House for a Q&A and discussion afterwards. 
The film, released in 2013, is a 64 minute film about the events of the women’s liberation movement as told by the feminists from that time. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students as well as college age students and adults. Events covered in the film include the formation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the formation of the National Organization for Women, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, the Miss America Pageant protest, and more. This film does much more than document the movement, it explorers the details of the women's liberation movement and connects the controversy around the word feminism with what really happened during this great social revolution. The music is by the all female rock band from the 1970s, Fanny. The film won “Best of the Fest for Documentary” at the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival in 2013.
Jennifer Hall Lee is a filmmaker, speaker and writer. She has worked in feature films since 1987 and her experience includes working as a visual effects editor, miniature model producer, and visual effects producer. She has blended her interest in women’s history with her filmmaking in her documentary films. Her background is non-traditional. Her father was a police officer and her mother, a social worker. She grew up on Staten Island, New York and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she lived in a Quaker meeting house during her teenage years. Jennifer believes in the power of independent filmmaking, the importance of women making films, and the necessity of women in politics. She currently serves as Altadena Town Council Member in Altadena, CA. She was appointed as one of the five Ambassadors for the Global Media Monitoring Project in 2013.
RSVP REQUIRED at 718-816-4506x 10 or 
Rescheduled (original date was 3/26). 
03/31/157:30pm– 9:00pm

A Contemporary Conversation Inspired by Two Victorian Women

7:30 -9:00 pm
Join Ann Marie McDonnell, Director of Education at the Alice Austen House and Stacy Morrison, historian & photographer as they discuss the life and work of two progressive women, Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander and Alice Austen. Stacy Morrison’s recent project, "The Girl of My Dreams" traces the life of a Ostrander, a story discovered when Morrison found a small trunk with Ostrander’s belongings abandoned for garbage on a New York City street. Come and learn about these two women and how the work they left behind provides us with insight into the past. RSVP at or 917-288-0343. FREE
This event will be held at The Penumbra Foundation: 36 E. 30th St. Manhattan.